Whether due to the late timeslot on a Friday evening, the gentle Irish accent, Tomas McCabe’s invitation to learn secret knowledge in How to Read Minds, or the appeal and reputation of the performer himself, McCabe was able to gather a huge crowd on the day that his Fringe show was reviewed. A popular regular, McCabe’s audiences have evidentially not been diminished by the overall slowdown of this post-pandemic Fringe. He demonstrated exactly how he earned this renown over the course of his hourlong show.
The flipside of this success is that McCabe was at times faced with a merry mob of chatty revelers rather than a nicely attentive audience. He dealt with this as well as could reasonably be expected of him, by ignoring the interruptions other than to drown them out by pushing on with his show. Luckily thanks to his projection coupled with his tech assistant’s help those who wished to follow along were perfectly able to. Said tech assistant incidentally also emerged over the course of the hour as the current most eligible bachelor of this year’s Fringe. Ladies, contact McCabe for his number.
McCabe demonstrated his mind reading techniques on both the audience as a whole and on a select few individuals who were invited up to the stage. Each method was equally impressive in its own right. A highlight involved the use of audience members’ anonymized secret confessions to aid in the demonstration. McCabe teased his audience, but from a place of nonjudgement. The purpose of the exercise, aside from learning techniques to help trick people in to thinking you could read their mind, was to create a space for everyone to freely express their errors in judgement without undue negative reaction. The teasing tone was dependent on the subject matter, when McCabe came across a confession that a member of his audience was planning on coming out to his parents the next day McCabe was quick to wish him luck with the conversation. The only trick that McCabe missed was due to an inebriated would-be participant forgetting her role, which he laughed off without embarrassing her.
McCabe is one of the more popular Fringe magicians and earns it all the more with every show. For a fun bit of mentalism, Fringe audiences cannot go wrong with McCabe.
More information on Tomas McCabe and his performance dates can be found here.